Matchup: Max Scherzer vs. Derek Holland

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
11:00
AM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas-- Game 2 of the AL Championship Series features LHP Derek Holland and RHP Max Scherzer. First pitch is slated for 3:19 p.m. CT on Fox and 103.3 FM ESPN. A quick look at the matchup:

Holland (1-0, 1.42 ERA in playoffs): The 25-year-old (he turned 25 on Sunday) got the win in Game 2 of the ALDS in Arlington. It was a big one as the Rangers lost Game 1 and needed a win to even the series. ...He allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits with 6 1/3 innings against the Rays in two appearances, including a key 1 1/3 innings of relief in Game 4. Holland allowed all three of his runs in his start, going five innings last weekend. ...Holland was 16-5 in the regular season with a 3.95 ERA. He pitched particularly well in September, going 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts. ...The Rangers were 19-13 in his 32 starts. ...Holland did not pitch against Detroit this season.

Scherzer (1-0, 1.23 ERA in playoffs): The extra day thanks to Mother Nature probably helps Scherzermore than anyone, since he pitched on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALDS. ...He held the Yankees to no runs on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in his start against the Yankees in the ALDS. ...Scherzer, 26, had a career-best 15 wins this season. ...Right-handed batters hit .262 off him and lefties hit .281. ...Scherzer was acquired by the Tigers from Arizona for Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson in 2009. ...He was 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA with nine runs on 21 hits in 17 innings (three starts) vs. Texas in 2011.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre (4-for-11), Ian Kinsler (4-for-13) and David Murphy (4-for-14) have had success off Scherzer. ...Elvis Andrus (2-for-15), Josh Hamilton (2-for-12) and Mike Napoli (1-for-6) have struggled against him.

Upcoming matchups:

Game 3, Tues. at Det: RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 1.50/ALDS) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 6.52), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FOX
Game 4, Wed. at Det: LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 4.76/ALDS) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (0-1, 6.00), 3:19 p.m., 103.3/1540/FOX

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 74
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182